My wife and I just spent a week here as the third week of our holiday to Tanzania and Zanzibar. On Zanzibar we also stayed at Pongwe and Fumba, all the resorts were lovely in their own way but probably Kono Kono edged it over the other two for peace and tranquility, the villa and definitely the beach which is the best with talcum powder sand,the view (fullsunset), the breeze, the space,no beach boys,etc. ( Pongwe beach gets near and Fumbas nice too ).
I got really stressed about our booking here as there had been a couple of dodgy reviews, all I can say is it that it was unfounded and I think it comes down to expectations and what you actually want.
Kono Kono beach villas is the place to go if you want to be left to your own devices and you want peace and quiet. You don`t really have to see or talk to anybody else at all if you dont want to. All the villas are private with own garden and/or sea view, you can sit outside in the sun or in the shade, they have air conditioning and with the cunning use of some nice net partitioning the bed area is really cool at night. If you go down to the beach, which as I say is gorgeous, even if all the villas are booked and all the guests on the beach, you will still get your own massive space with sunbeds,table,shade and chairs. The beach area in front of the resort is wide and deep and you can also take a walk either way along more white sand. The sand slopes gently into the sea and you can safely swim here with no coral or rocks. When you first see the beach I guarantee you will just go `wow`. There is a bar open all day at the rear of the beach and prices are very reasonable with cocktails from $6 to $9 which seems to be the average everywhere. Wine is from about $23 a bottle.
There is a main restaurant but everybody ate on the beach in the evening with the necessary number of tables scattered around lit with lanterns, very romantic, and with a lovely cool breeze, very comfortable. No need to dress up here either, we went down for dinner barefoot and casual so you dont need many clothes at all as with all the places we stayed.
You can go up to the restaurant for breakfast but nobody does as you can have as much as you like off the breakfast menu and they will bring it to your room or outside on the vearanda and you dont have to choose what you want until you ring them. You also get a great big pot of real coffee. In the room there is a fridge with beers and soft drinks at bar prices and coffee and tea. The rooms are very nicely furnished and big enough to live in,in fact we joked that if you had a couple more bits of furniture and a tv you could actually live there. Outside you have two very comfy tub chairs and two loungers and of course the plunge pool which was clean and full everyday ( As I know they have to ship in some water I think they only fill them up when there are guests in a villa which may account for previous reviews saying some weren`t full ).
With regards staff, they are a lovely bunch and they try really hard to look after you, Bakari the head waiter was especially good and you could have a good laugh with him too. Betty is the manager and she is really friendly and mixes with you in the evening ( if you want ), in fact we dined with her one night. Betty is trying all the time to improve things and I believe there are plans for some refurbishments shortly. If you really do need to use a computer there is free wifi near reception and they will let you use one of there laptops or pc`s free if you need it.
With regards food, breakfast is excellent, they have some nice snacks for lunchtime ( and if you take advantage of the breakfast you wont need lunch ) and the evening meal is normally three courses with a choice of two or three main courses. So with regards the evening meal ( and they will always try and make arrangements ) there is not a mass of variety but the food was good, including rock lobster,king prawns,etc. and ,sorry Betty it was possibly from frozen as opposed to fresh on some occassions, a minor criticism, but it could be improved on. ( although I didn`t hear anybody complaining ).
Whilst on minor negatives and things others have brought up. The bumpy track from the main road is long and winding but most resorts have these sort of tracks and most people will have been on safari so whats different anyway. There were a couple of cosmetic things that needed doing in the room if you were really fussy but didn`t bother us.The main pool would look better if it was an infinity one and I think that is the plan, but it was clean and we swam in it a few times although most people go in the sea anyway. They are improving the gardens all the time with the communal parts maturing nicely. We had a sea view so to make it a sea view they had had to cut down the bush and as this whole area is lava/coral that leaves the bit of garden in front a bit rocky, but it`s natural. Grass was a bit dry too but it hadn`t rained for five months. If you had a garden room you had bush all round you and of course there are bush babys and monkeys ( very shy ) around, and lots of birds.
Nearly forgot, I didn`t partake but my wife and some other guests raved about the massage.
None of the above should make you at all worried about staying here. Of course if you want to dress up and parade around in the evening, meet loads of people and party into the night then spend three hours in the gym in the morning, don`t book Kono Kono, If you want somebody running round organising water aerobics and have music belting out all day, don`t book Kono Kono.
If you like your own company and just want to relax, book it.. We did actually have a few drinks around the fire on the beach ( a nice touch ) with another couple on a couple of nights and that was very pleasant, but if you didn`t want to mix you didn`t have to. Obviously it makes a great honeymoon destination.
There is a restaurant called `The Rock` not too far away which is a bit unique and they send a car to get you and bring you back, if you want a change. Kon Kono do there own mini dhow cruise in the evening which we were told was good and apparently you can chat up the dhow captain to take you to other parts of the island if you want.
In conclusion we would recommend Kono Kono highly and I would even just go and stay there if a good deal came up for a week away.
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